Using the Moment Tele 58mm Lens on the iPhone 11

We'll exemplify Moment's Tele 58mm Lens capabilities on the iPhone 11 and how well it pairs with the native Portrait Mode.

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Using the Moment Tele 58mm Lens on the iPhone 11 Pro

Stunning Portraits Made Easy

We've been getting a multitude of questions regarding the compatibility between the iPhone's beloved flagship model (the 11 and 11 Pro) with Moment lenses. This holds particularly faithful to the Moment Tele 58mm lens, as the iPhone 11 stealthily built in its version of a tele lens. So — one big question still prevails: is there even a point to attaching a Moment Tele Lens to the 11 or 11 Pro?

Within this article, I want to review all of this and more to exemplify Moment's capabilities. We'll dive deep on specs and show you the difference between how it looks on the native lens versus our own.

So, let's get to it.

Shekiaya looking marvelous.

Getting creative up in here.

Let’s Talk About the iPhone 11 Camera

Much like what was compared to the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone 11 Pro’s camera upgrades seem to come from the updated software Apple put inside their latest flagships. The technical aspects seem only marginally better, yet the highly accounted better results from the ISO capabilities bring intelligent shooting modes to the phone’s native camera. Highly-anticipated features, like Smart HDR and Night Mode, highly surface image-boosting computational photography topics that most devices are now known for (this goes for the Pixels). No matter the situation, Apple’s latest software brings a more pleasing and realistic rendering to most of the images produced, regardless of the megapixel count or stated aperture of the camera.

But, the SHARPNESS!

Though, let’s not argue with how increasingly sharp the camera’s production value has become. Although the main camera retains their 12 megapixel count, every sensor seems to be brand new (and it surely shows). The standard wide camera’s ISO increased by a near 33% and the tele camera’s aperture and ISO gains brings its light sensitivity up to a fantastical 42%. This means sharper photographs with faster shutter speeds that allow the photographer less blurry, grainy images. When showcasing night photography, the software improvements, as stated above, boast a higher digestion to lower night, making the images in Night Mode crisp and sound.

We have a fuller, more detailed iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro camera review for those interested in diving deep on specs, technical capabilities, and sharpness tests. I recommend reading if you wish for a more comprehensible review.

Sun beams in Pittsburgh.

Say hey!

Tele Lens works on nature, too.

Can handle dynamic range very well.

The Moment Tele 58mm Lens

If you’re an Apple or Samsung user (Pixel strangely doesn't have dual-lens capabilities, but kills it with the A.I powered technology!), you’re probably wondering what the key differences are in the 58mm versus your phone’s native tele lens.

First off, aperture is key. The newer phones are produced with even more DSLR-like aperture range than ever before, so just imagine what results you’d find with it coupled with a telephoto length. Images taken with the lens will show off a beautiful, vibey bokeh haze in the background while highlighting tack sharpness in the foreground.

  • f/1.8 aperture on the wide angle lens, giving you more depth.
  • f/2.4 aperture resulting in less depth.

So yes, you’ll no doubt receive an enriched depth of field with the ultra wide f/1.8 aperture alongside our 58mm focal length. You can clearly see the difference in the background’s creamy bokeh below:

Crispy detail, without overdoing it.

Can you believe this was taken on a phone?

Using the Moment Tele 58mm on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Let’s chat about the 2x built in lens on the latest iPhone 11 Pro. This particular lens received a lovely upgrade with a wider f/2.0 aperture, meaning that if you stack the Tele 58mm lens, this will give you a near 4x optical zoom — a complete 114mm lens comparison WITHOUT the loss of extreme quality. You’ll want to use the Moment Pro Camera App to hard select the 2x lens if you are choosing to stack the Tele lens due to the iPhone’s native camera not allowing users to shoot with our setup configuration, as the lens blocks the light sensor. Using our Pro Camera App means you, as the photographer, have complete control over your preferred settings and iteration.

However, when using our Tele Lens on the iPhone 11 (not the the Pro), there is no optical zoom lens. Thus, when adding the Tele 58mm lens over your main camera, you’ll receive a nice buttery zoom. It’s like you have the Pro, but it’s a bit cheaper. Winks.

Shot on the native iPhone 11 Lens.

Shot on the Tele 58mm Lens.

Portrait Mode Is Great, Too

DSLR, mirrorless, and film photographers often struggle with Portrait Mode as an added feature to the iPhone, Google, and Android cameras, as it straddles the line between a necessity and a gimmick. However, we are proud to say that the latest computation just might be better than ever before (at least in Apple’s blood-line). While it remains a bit difficult to operate (meaning you have to still have to “stand within 8 feet of the subject”), it has grown increasingly intelligent on the software end and doesn’t appear to have the horrific blur(s) around the edges of your subject. Don’t forget that you’ll also have the option to post-process the image by increasing the aperture to a more subtle/intense blur (depending on your preference).

Land Rovers simply win.

Sunny days on the streets of Pittsburgh.

Happy Shooting!

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